First Team

Brekalo shines

Austrian duo Pavao Pervan and Xaver Schlager also enjoyed back-to-back wins.

Five of the six Wolves players currently on international duty were in UEFA Nations League or friendly action in recent days. Find out how they got on in our international round-up.

Goal and assist for Brekalo

Josip Brekalo played a decisive role in Croatia’s 2-1 victory over Admir Mehmedi’s Switzerland in St. Gallen last Wednesday. The ‘Nati’ took the lead through Mario Gavranovic (31’), but Brekalo equalised three minutes before half-time and Mario Pasalic completed the turnaround in the second half (66’). Mehmedi was replaced at the interval, while Brekalo was taken off in the 75th minute – as was the case in Croatia’s important 2-1 Nations League A Group 3 victory over Sweden in Zagreb on Sunday. The 22-year-old was heavily involved once again, cleverly setting up Nikola Vlasic’s opener in the 31st minute.

Mehmedi plays 115 minutes

There was no such joy for Mehmedi and Switzerland, who followed up their 2-1 friendly defeat to Croatia with a narrow 1-0 loss to much-fancied Spain in Nations League A Group 4 on Saturday. After playing 45 minutes on Wednesday, VfL attacker Mehmedi was replaced after an hour against Luis Enrique’s team.

Joy for Austrian duo

VfL pair Pervan and Schlager recorded back-to-back victories with Austria. The latter was rested in the 2-1 friendly win against Greece last Wednesday but played the full 90 minutes in Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland in Nations League B Group 1. Goalkeeper Pervan went the distance in both matches.

Bialek unable to prevent defeat

New VfL signing Bartosz Bialek played half an hour of Poland Under-21s’ 1-0 defeat to Serbia in Gornji Milanovac on Friday. Veljko Nikolic had already scored the game’s only goal (11’) by the time Bialek entered the fray in the 60th minute.



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